BMA Right on Narrow Tax Breaks in Work Place health

You can read The British Medical Association (BMA) views on the new proposed tax break on £500 spend rehabilitating employees by clicking here.

Whilst they have a vested interest in ensuring their members don’t lose out in providing occupational health services, they make some good points including the new Independent Assessment Service ( IAS ) possibly becoming a monopoly.

Why should the tax break only be available on recommendations by a government body not any other recognised occupational health professional that employers are already paying to make these kinds of decisions?

Let’s also not forget that the IAS will only make a recommendation after 4 weeks absence, yes 4 weeks.  At the same time, the limit of £500 is totally arbitrary and  bears no relation to any clinical need on a case by case basis.

It really is a nonsense.